If you own a property or estate on Palm Beach Island, you should hire a professional gardener to manage your landscaping year round.

The professional you hire needs to know their craft, improve your space, and offer competitive rates.

And yet, gardening is necessary for almost any property. Many homeowners do not have the time or expertise to give their plants the care they need. This comprehensive guide will help you select a pro that matches your needs.

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What Does a Gardener Do?

First, you need to understand what exactly an expert in this field does. Look for professionals with these areas of expertise:

  • Consulting on and planning the makeup of a garden.
  • Choosing which plants are best for your property’s climate and location.
  • Helping you purchase the right plants or seeds.
  • Planting new flowers and trees.
  • Watering and feeding plants.
  • Treating and preventing plant infestations.
  • Keeping the soil healthy for optimum growth.
  • Weeding and other tasks to maintain the garden.

To accomplish these tasks, any expert will need to know topics that range from soil ecology to plant physiology. Formal education and experience are pathways to gaining that knowledge. As you begin to research gardeners, you might come across professionals with a wide range of education levels and specialties.

Gardeners vs. Landscapers

Gardeners and landscapers are different types of professionals, even though many use the terms interchangeably. Look to hire a landscaper when if you need help mowing the lawn or trimming the hedges. These experts also spread mulch, level your yard, build stone patios, and install sprinkler systems.

Landscapers focus more on the large-scale projects on your property. Gardeners, on the other hand, focus on the individual plants in your yard and flowerbed. Some companies like BrightView offer both services but be sure to ask about both types if you do need comprehensive contracting work in your yard.

What Will Your Gardener Do?

our property might need a variety of tasks to stay healthy. Use the following checklist as a guide when planning, and budgeting for, tasks with your gardener:

  • Mow the lawn regularly
  • Mulch grass clippings into the lawn, or remove and dispose of grass clippings
  • Rake leaves regularly, especially during fall
  • Clear fallen branches and debris, especially after storms
  • Fertilize lawn and plants
  • Aerate the lawn
  • Edge the garden and grass areas
  • Prune bushes and shrubs
  • Control and remove weeds
  • Spread mulch and wood chips
  • Thatch the grass
  • Water the garden and lawn
  • Remove small dead trees and shrubs
  • Tend to your flower garden
  • Tend to your vegetable garden
  • Prioritize organic gardening
  • Composting for your organic waste
  • Diagnose sick plants or trees
  • Tend to your greenhouse

Where Can I Find a Gardener?